Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office employee accused of drug crimes

Times Leader staff | October 12th, 2017 8:23 pm

PLAINS TWP. — An employee for the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office is accused of drug crimes.

Leona A. Miller, 38, of Trucksville, was arrested Oct. 10, according to court records. She’s been charged with both a felony and misdemeanor count of possession with intent to deliver drugs.

She was arraigned Tuesday night by District Magistrate Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. in Plains Township.

Spagnuolo set Miller’s bail at $25,000. Due to a discrepancy in court records, it is unclear if Miller was able to post bail or remains locked up.

Miller is a unionized clerk/stenographer in the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office and is paid $33,575 annually, county records show.

County Manager C. David Pedri said Miller has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending a disciplinary hearing.

He declined further comment, citing confidentiality rules that govern personnel matters.

Miller has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in front of District Magistrate Thomas F. Malloy of Wilkes-Barre.

Times Leader staff